Alethea is a Canadian Inuit from Iqaluit, Nunavut where she runs Unikkaat Studios, Inc. focusing on producing Inuit cultural documentaries and Inuktitut language productions. Alethea's award-winning documentary titled "Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos" was broadcast on APTN in October 2010. Alethea is in post production on her next project, "Angry Inuk," and recently completed Aviliaq: Entwined" which screened at ImagineNATIVE 2014.
STACEY AGLOK MacDONALD
Originally from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Stacey founded PUHITAQ, a film, media and cultural arts company that is dedicated to developing and producing diverse projects that are engaging and culturally relevant to Inuit. Stacey is also a co-founder of Qanukiaq Studios, a 100% Inuit owned television and film company based in Iqaluit. Currently she is co-producing the hit comedy series QANURLI entering its fifth season on APTN. Her other credits include the Canadian Screen Award winning THROAT SONG.
Northwood Entertainment's Miranda de Pencier and Marianne Moore are thrilled to be facilitating this workshop with Stacey and Alethea. Northwood Entertainment in an independent film and television company formed with a mission to create a thriving home for filmmakers with singular voices to reach broad audiences. de Pencier produced BEGINNERS starring Ewan McGregor and Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer and THANKS FOR SHARING with Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow. She is also the writer and director of THROAT SONG.
WORKSHOP & SESSION LEADERS
COMEDY IMPROV with ANGUTI THOMAS JOHNSON
Anguti is a writer, producer and actor in the hit Inuit language comedy/drama series Qanurli, currently in its fifth season. Johnson believes that humour is more than just a good way of entertaining people-it is also a way to explore society and the issues it faces.
DRUM DANCING with ALLEN AUKSAQ
Allen grew up in Igoolik, Nunvaut. He is a drum dancer and drum maker. Allen has performed for many different occasions, and won third place in the 2008 Return of the Sun Festival Drum Dance Competition.
THROAT SINGING with SYLVIA COULTIER
Sylvia Cloutier is a performing artist, producer, director, and well known throat singer from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. Sylvia is the co-founder of the performance company Aqsarniit, which produces shows promoting Inuit culture. Sylvia has extensive experience working with youth as well as with companies such as Blueprints for Life, Cirque du Soleil, and Qaggiq Theatre. She was named "Woman of the Year" by Inuit Women's organization, Pauktutiit, and "Outstanding Woman of the Year" by Qullit Nunavut Women's organization. Sylvia resides in Iqaluit and is currently the Producer of Niqitsiat at the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation.
ACTING with IPPIKSAUT FRIESEN
Ippik is an emerging animator, artist, and actress from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. She was the writer, director, and animator of THE DIMMING, based on an Inuit legend. Ippik played the lead role in THROAT SONG which won the Canadian Screen Award for best Live Action Short Film in 2013.
INUIT MASK with LAAKKULUK WILLIAMSON BATHORY
Laakkuluk is a famed Inuit mask dancer and has practiced "uaajeerneq" dance since early adolescence. The performance is an improvised and interactive clown act that is both scary and funny, and allows an individual to meditate on how to engage with others according to cultural ideals.
ACTING SESSIONS with MELEE HUTTON
As a trained acting teacher and actor with more than 20 years experience, Melee's coaching is focused on the practical-with only one goal in mind: to get you present and improve your talent and skills. She currently teaches acting at Sheridan College.